mental health

Health
2:18 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Kansas Senate Approves Plan To Control Mental Health Drugs

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A new bill that would control the cost of mental health drugs to the Medicaid program in Kansas has advanced in the Legislature.

On Monday, the Senate gave first-round approval to a bill requiring a review of Medicaid's mental health prescriptions.

It also creates an advisory committee to draft guidelines on prescriptions for poor and disabled Kansans covered by the program.

The measure had bipartisan support and arose from discussions between Governor Brownback's administration and mental health advocates.

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Government
3:23 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

Kansas Senate Rejects Bill Controlling Mental Health Drugs

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The Kansas Senate has rejected a bill to give the state's Medicaid program more control over costly mental health drugs.

The vote yesterday was 25-15 against the bill.

Senators who opposed it said they are concerned about mentally ill participants in the Medicaid program not getting the drugs they need.

The state's $3 billion-a-year Medicaid program provides health coverage for 368,000 needy and disabled state residents.

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Health
1:02 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Two New Programs To Provide Court And Dental Services To The Intellectually Disabled

Two new programs in Topeka will provide court and dental services to people with mental illness.

An alternative sentencing court run through the Topeka Municipal Court will allow mentally ill people who committed relatively minor crimes to be released from a jail earlier than scheduled if they comply with a treatment plan.

The program also will offer employment, housing and substance abuse help. Christine Wills with Valeo Behavioral Health Care says the alternative sentencing court will hear its first docket in early January.

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Health
12:23 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Federal Funding For Kansas’ Largest Mental Health Hospital In Jeopardy

Kansas officials must now find another $40 million dollars for the state's Medicaid program known as KanCare between now and the end of the budget year. Jim McLean reports...

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Health
11:32 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Four Kansas Clinics Receive ACA Funds For Behavioral Care

Four safety net clinics in Kansas have been awarded federal funding to create or expand mental health services for low-income Kansans.

Bryan Thompson reports that funding is part of almost $55 million dollars in similar grants nationwide through the Affordable Care Act.

The four clinics will each receive $250,000. The Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas saw 2,500 patients for mental health issues last year. CEO Krista Postai intends to use the new money to integrate medical and behavioral care.

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Health
10:54 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Governor Brownback Unveils Plan To Improve Mental Health Care, But Some Say He Could Do Better

Gov.  Sam Brownback is making a major push to improve the state’s mental health system. The governor's plan creates a behavioral health sub-cabinet within state government, targets substance abuse for its role in exacerbating mental illness, and increases financial investment in current treatment programs, among other things. 

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Mental Health
6:44 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Report: Medicaid Expansion Vital to Mental Health

The National Alliance on Mental Illness says gaps in mental health care could be addressed if every state-including Kansas-would expand Medicaid as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act.

Rick Cagan, who heads NAMI Kansas, says the state’s system of community mental health centers is supposed to provide help for Kansans with mental illness, regardless of their ability to pay. But budget cuts have left public mental health providers unable to meet the needs…

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News
5:32 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Top Morning News 3.12.13

Mental health advocates to rally at Statehouse; House committee makes cuts in their version of budget; New comet to appear in US sky.

Mental Health Advocates To Rally At Statehouse

Mental health advocates will rally in Topeka this week for increased state funding for services.

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Commentary
12:30 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

OnWords: Disorder Is Often Quite Orderly

"Brain Art"
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The word “disorder” gets thrown around a lot in diagnostic circles, but it rarely accurately describes what's going on.

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News
5:40 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Top Morning News 01.10.13

Brownback to hold press conference on a new state mental health initiative; McConnell Air Force Base finalist for tanker contract; South-central delegation to hold annual meeting.

Brownback To Unveil Kansas Mental Health Initiative 

Gov. Sam Brownback will announce a new mental health initiative Thursday, before the start of the 2013 legislative session.

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